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Physical Characteristics


Breed Group:



21 pounds


<15.5 inches


Predominately white, with brown markings on face; there is also a black saddle and/or other black/brown markings on the body.


The Wire Fox Terrier has a rough, wiry coat.



Like the smooth-coated Fox Terrier, the Wire Fox Terrier is a sturdy and durable dog. While Wire Fox Terriers are bred to be hunters, today they are mostly family pets. They are active, playful, and always ready to go out for a romp.

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom


While the Wire Fox Terrier bear close resemblance to the smooth Fox Terrier, it is believed that the two breeds were developed independently from the very beginning. Wire Fox Terriers were primarily used as a hunting dog, and became popular as pets and companions in the 1930s. The Adventures of Tintin featured a Wire Fox Terrier, which further enhanced the popularity of this breed.


Wire Fox Terrier is sometimes simply known as the Fox Terrier, or the Wire-haired Fox Terrier.


Wire Fox Terriers are loyal and affectionate, while still retaining much of a hunting terrier’s instinct. They are active and full of energy; therefore they require considerable space. They are boisterous at times, and have a tendency to nip. While this is not a sign of maliciousness, supervision is needed when they are around children and other pets.



Wire Fox Terriers can become dominant and willful, so firm obedience training and thorough socialization are needed from a young age.


An enclosed yard is ideal for a Wire Fox Terrier. If living in an apartment, Wire Fox Terriers would need long walks and play sessions in the park to burn off their excess energy. They remain active indoors and can be too energetic for the elderly.


A Wire Fox Terrier is very active and has a strong prey drive, which owners must be prepared for. They can have epilepsy and other genetic disorders such as deafness and distichiasis; choosing a responsible breeder is important to ensure a healthy puppy.


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